Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 23 Feb 2023

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The SBRI funding stream funded this study. This SBRI-funded post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31/01/2024. 

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a UK-registered Physiotherapist for an exciting academic research role to participate in the Professor Helen Dawes research team to develop the intervention delivery and the training for the stroke teams and to then deliver the intervention to stroke survivors in the ESD pathway.

The successful applicant will work as a Physiotherapist to support stroke survivors. In this project, we set out to adapt and evaluate an established remote, VR rehabilitation hardware/software tool EvolveRehab for training upper limb function in people early after Stroke with functional arm and hand impairments, and thus enable Stroke survivors to engage with more individualised progressive prescribed therapy in their home setting to increase therapy time with minimal input from clinical teams, and improve outcomes for similar costs.

The post will include; working flexibly with the team, helping in the design of the intervention, meeting participants at their homes, NHS sites visit and working closely with the industry partner. 

About you

To undertake research as appropriate to the field of study, the successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in physiotherapy and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as a team leader as required.

Applicants will be able to:

  • write up research work for publication;
  • develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research;
  • make presentations at national and international conferences and similar events;
  • deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines;
  • analyse and interpret the results of own research and generating original ideas based on outcomes
  • use new research techniques and methods
  • use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, developing new research methods and extending the research portfolio
  • using creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes.

The postholder will also work in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate to the field of study and duties will include: 

  • contributing to collaborative decision-making within the research group;
  • contributing to the production of collaborative research reports and publications;
  • preparing papers and presenting information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups;
  • communicating complex information, orally, in writing and electronically;
  • preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes;
  • contributing to the planning of research projects;
  • using research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate and to taking responsibility for reducing hazards and for the health and safety of others. Where appropriate the postholder will also be responsible for conducting risk assessments;
  • Engaging in continuous professional development and to be responsible for continually updating knowledge and understanding in field of study or specialism and for developing skills. 

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including: 

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

Please contact Helen Dawes, e-mail: 

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.  Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression. 

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